Jonathan Cooley, Rothelowman’s director of national design, said the development of 50 apartments and three townhouses around the historic 1848 home, St Helens, begs the question, is it possible for a new contemporary project to connect with the past, to be of place and to revive dignity and excellence in design and form. The classic of the past?
At first glance, Stella Maris answered yes.
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“It was essential for us to find a way to help define the site and organize the area, the gardens and the estate to really celebrate the idea of classical living,” said Mr Cowell.
Four buildings around the original house (to be restored and reimagined as a townhouse), creating Nautica House and The Arbory at the front, with Park Row at the top of Bay St and The Acreage along the rear.
The apartments achieve gun barrel views across the water, including the Geelong city skyline, and communal entrances celebrate the site.
Landscape architects celebrate existing trees, such as eucalyptus and Moreton Bay fig, pepper trees and oaks. Acre, which has a mix of indigenous and perennials, uses garden decks so that upstairs residents see greenery, not grating steel, picking herbs, lemons or Limes from the edible garden to cook them.
There is also a wellness center with a 20-metre swimming pool, gymnasium and outdoor kitchen.
Rothelowman’s design director, interiors, Jackie Johnston, said their goal is to create homes that become more beautiful over time.
Developer Monno’s brief was clear – 3m ceilings, open plan living, carefully considered sightlines and maximizing connections to the outdoor space. In addition to VZug appliances, finding and maximizing storage in all apartments.
“The design team felt it was very important for future occupants to be able to customize their homes,” Johnson said.
“That means creating spaces and walls for things like collections of artwork, and curating a color palette to suit a wide range of decors. And that means designing spaces to suit your furniture because everyone has certain preferences.”
Materials include oak floorboards, wool rug, marble benches, large-format ceramic tiles, satin-finish 2pac cabinets, and wood veneers.
Entertaining in the house was a major consideration, so there is a bar made of wood and stone and includes a glass fronted wine fridge.
“A must for every home,” she said.
“A day with family and friends on the porch around a barbecue. A quiet moment in front of the fireplace. And if you don’t want to see the TV, there is a built-in sliding panel designed in joinery. ”
There will be EV chargers, rooftop solar units, large gardens for the ground floor apartments, bicycle parking, secure garage and storage.
McGrath Projects Agent Jim Croce said Stella Maris will set a new standard in luxury lifestyle in Geelong.
“They are simply not building more land around this wonderful waterfront of ours.
Stella Maris is a boutique development by design so we only have a limited number of these luxury hoes available.
“We are located in one of the most prestigious locations in the country, with such a breathtaking view.
“There is an enormous amount of open space throughout this entire development, we have the luxury of a wellness center, swimming pool, car wash and parking throughout the entire development, including parking spaces 2-3 and 4 with some residences.”
Jim Cross of McGrath Projects manages Stella Maris sales. Prices start at $595,000 for a one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment from $795,000; Three bedrooms from $1.6 million and four bedroom penthouses from $4.295 million.
Originally published as How luxury Rippleside project will be a star by the sea